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20498. Astaire, Fred. (1899–1987) & Rhodes, Erik. (1906 - 1990).
Signed Photograph in The Gay Divorcee

Glossy photograph still from the 1934 Hollywood film The Gay Divorcee, signed and inscribed in blue and black felt tip ink by co-stars Fred Astaire and Erik Rhodes to "Dana."  Very fine.  10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

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Wonderful image of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing in formal attire, boldly signed by both. The poster measures an impressive 40 x 28 inches and has been dry mounted to foam core board.  The signature of Ginger Rogers measures 5.5 inches and the Fred Astaire signature measures 3.5 inches. Small tape damage and repair in the center just above one of the bows, some fold-lines from before the mounting, slight area of moisture damage to lower right corner,  otherwise fine. Certainly the largest signed photograph of these two film and dance icons that we have ever encountered!

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19247. Astaire, Fred. (1899–1987) [Berk, Sammy. (1894–1983)] [Jones, Jonah. (1919–2004)] .
"My! My! Didn't that show kill 'em!!!!?!" - Two Signed Letters

Pair of letters from the American dancer and actor to Sammy Berk, a former vaudeville entertainer who managed Cab Calloway, Jonah Jones, and Duke Ellington.  The first letter (autograph letter signed; "Saturday," otherwise undated; 1 p. on personal stationary) reads in full "Dear Sam, / Thanks for your letter.  I was very glad to hear from you. / Give my best to the great Jonah and to the boys – please.  I miss him a lot. / It was sure a great time we all had.  My!  My!  Didn't that show kill 'em!!!!?!  Don't know when I'll be able to get at another one but when I do – I sure hope to get Jonah! / All best Sam / -Fred."  The letter almost certainly refers to An Evening with Fred Astaire, the 1958 NBC television special that featured the Jonah Jones Quartet, revived Astaire's career, and won a staggering nine Emmy awards.  Vertical and horizontal mailing crease, overall in very good condition.  5.5 x 7 inches (14 x 17.8 cm.). Read More...

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19332. [Astaire, Fred. (1899–1987)] Rogers, Ginger. (1911–1995).
Signed Photograph in "Shall We Dance"

Halftone photograph of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance, signed and inscribed "Blessings from Ginger Rogers."  An unsigned still of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind to verso.  Light wear to edges, else fine.  8 x 10.75 inches (20.3 x 26.2 cm.).

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4409. Atwell, Winifred. (1914 - 1983).
Signed Photograph

Lively signed postcard photograph of the Trinidad-born English pianist who was wildly popular with her boogie woogie and ragtime hits. 10 x 15 cm. A few dings, overall fine.

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13667. Auer, Leopold. (1845-1930).
Romance, op. 4 - Autograph Musical Quotation

A scarce AMQS from the important violinist and influential pedagogue, teacher of Elman, Heifetz, Milstein, Zimbalist, Parlow, Schumsky and many others. Auer has penned the first three measures of his Romance in F major for violin and piano (op. 4), which was recorded a few years later by the young Heifetz in 1911. Signed and inscribed to the British violinist and composer "Miss Eva Spalding" (1882 - 1969), and dated London, July 8, 1908. On a small calendar leaf dated May 29. Top edge folded under; tape remnant at the left edge and on the verso, otherwise in very good condition. 5 x 2.5 inches (12.9 x 6.1 cm). Read More...

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15707. Auer, Leopold. (1845–1930).
Signed CDV Photograph at the age of 16

A very rare early signed carte de visite photograph of the important violinist, dating from 1861, when the sixteen-year-old Auer was beginning his studies with Joseph Joachim. He has signed and inscribed on the verso to Linna Sternberg (a relative of Belgian violinist Hermann Sternberg) and dated Brussels, March 13, 1861. 6.3 x 9.4 cm. Small loss to lower right corner, a few small surface losses to verso, one just touching the first letter of the inscription, else fine. Undoubtedly one of, if not THE, earliest signed photograph of the violinist.  Read More...

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7885. Auric, Georges. (1899-1983) .
Pastorales pour Piano - SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY TO PAUL LAFFITTE

Paris: Editions de la Sirene. 1920. First edition. Signed and inscribed on the title page: "A monsieur Paul Laffitte / bien cordialement / Georges Auric / Paris 23 octobre 1920. " Wrappers toned, generally fine. Read More...

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1898. Auric, Georges. (1899-1983) & Chagall, Marc. (1887-1985).
Original Photograph Examining Chagall's New Opéra Ceiling

Superb original black and white 1964 photograph of the French composer looking upwards with artist Marc Chagall at the Opéra de Paris.  The ceiling area, which surrounds the chandelier, was given a new painting in 1964 by Chagall.  Though it proved controversial, many people feeling Chagall's work clashed with the style of the rest of the theatre, the painting remains there today.  Auric, part of the famous Les Six, was director of the Opéra from 1962.  In fine condition.  7 x 9.2 inches (18 X 23.5 cm.)

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18626. [Autograph Albums].
Group of 3 Autograph Albums

Group of 3 mostly blank autograph albums, ready for your collecting to begin! Lacking some pages, in various states of worn condition. One with the word "AUTOGRAPHS" impressed to leather front cover in the shape of twigs, one with gilt edges and faux snakeskin binding, the last with an attractive deco design.

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16859. Autori, Fernando. (1886–1937).
Signed Self-Portrait Sketch

Signed self-portrait sketch from the Italian bass who debuted at La Scala in 1924 and also performed around Europe; in the model of Enrico Caruso, he was a talented caricaturist. He has sketched himself in profile on a sheet of letterhead from the Grand Hotel in Vienna, signed below and dated August 2, 1934. A clipped halftone photograph has been added at the lower left. Some light toning and foxing at the corners; overall fine. 5 x 7.25 inches (13 x 18.6 cm).

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7878. Autry, Gene. (1907 - 1998).
Signed Photograph

Signed and inscribed 8 x 10 inch halftone publicity photograph of the American actor who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on radio, and in the movies and on television and who was also the owner of the California Angels baseball team. Corners slightly nicked, edges with small stains, else fine.

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8122. Avedon, Richard. (1923 - 2004).
Observations - Photographs by Richard Avedon Comments by Truman Capote

New York: Simon & Schuster. 1959. First edition. 151pp, 11" 14 1/2". First edition, with acetate dust jacket. Fine condition, in stained and toned slipcase which bears a few splits in places. The photographer's first book. and certainly, one of the monuments of twentieth century collaborations between a photographer and author.

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17845. Avedon, Richard. (1923–2004) [Minnelli, Liza. (b. 1946) & Astaire, Fred. (1899–1987)].
Signed Portrait Contact Sheet from Vogue Photoshoot

Oversize portrait contact sheet of Liza Minnelli and Fred Astaire, in 12 images, photographed by Richard Avedon for the December 1974 issue of Vogue. Signed by Avedon at the lower right. Astaire and Minnelli are shown in several light-hearted posed portraits, and taking direction from Avedon in front of the camera. Original gelatin silver print on card stock. Virtually unhandled; very fine overall. Sight size 12.5 x 16 inches, matted and framed to an overall size of 16.75 x 21 inches. Read More...

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19461. Avedon, Richard. (1923–2004) [West, Mae. (1893–1980)].
Mae West and Mr. America, 1954

Gelatin silver print by the great American photographer of Mae West posing alongside Mr. America, Mr. Dick Dubois, 1954, with whom she appeared (as well as with 8 other "muscle boys"!) in Las Vegas singing "The Strongest Men in the World." Original period print, cropped from the original full format image.  Unfortunately marred by significant ink stains across several areas, with small pinholes in each corner and some wear to the margins, but nevertheless quite striking. Some pencil notations on the verso, unstamped. 10.5 x 11.25 inches. 

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13519. [Aviation] Bolland, Adrienne. (1895-1975).
Signed Photograph Postcard

Signed photograph postcard of the pioneering female aviator, the first woman to fly over the Andes between Chile and Argentina. Bolland is shown standing next to the propeller of her G3 in Mendoza on March 30, 1921, two days before her legendary flight from Mendoza to Santiago. She has signed with a flourish and noted the date and the route of her flight. In very fine condition. 3.5 x 5.5 inches (8.9 x 13.7 cm). Read More...

An unusual original 1963 photograph taken before the great French singer's Carnegie Hall recital. He is shown flanked by the jazz trumpeter and an unidentified man. 13 x 18 cm. Press clipping on verso, in fine condition.

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12045. B.B. King. [King, Riley B. ] (1925 - 2015).
Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King. SIGNED

New York: Avon Books. 1996. First edition, first printing. . Hardcover with dustjacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 336 pages. Boldly signed on the half-title page in blue felt tip, “B. B. King.” In fine condition, with some trivial wear to the dustjacket.

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15936. [B.B. King. [King, Riley B. ] (1925 - 2015)].
Silver and Mother-of-pearl Guitar Belt Buckle

Silver and Mother-of-pearl Belt Buckle, in the shape of a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, inscribed on reverse "B.B.", thought to have been given by King to fellow guitarist J. Geils, with whom he toured in the 1970s. Provenance: The Estate of J. Geils. Approx 5 x 1.8 inches, with an associated leather belt.  Read More...

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14883. [BASSOON] Ozi, Etienne. (1754-1813).
Nouvelle méthode de basson par Ozi [...] Adoptée par le Conservatoire pour servir à l'étude dans cet etablissement [...] Gravée par Md. Le Roy.

Paris: Imprimerie du Conservatoire de Musique. [1803]. Method for the bassoon by the influential French bassoonist and composer. Engraved throughout. With one folding plate ("Tablature du Basson") including two illustrations of the bassoon and additional illustrations accompanying textual commentary at conclusion. Rare. [4], ii, 145 p. illus., 1 foldout plate. Two later labels on the title page, of "Lippi, Luthier," and "Jean-Baptiste Laprevotte, Facteur d'Orgues et de Serinettes," partially obscuring the original publisher's imprint. Blue paper boards with handwritten front label. Heavy overall wear and tears to the boards and spine; volume slightly warped. Area of damp staining to the lower edge of the pages throughout, especially strong on the folding plate. However, structurally sound and internally otherwise in very good condition. 10 x 13 inches (25 x 33 cm). Read More...

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